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July 2007

By Nicoel Schmuelian


Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Steve Buscemi
Screenwriter: David Schechter, Steve Buscemi
Starring: Steve Buscemi, Sienna Miller


Steve Buscemi takes on the role as director and actor in Interview, which is based on the Theo Van Gogh’s Dutch film. Pierre Peders (Steve Buscemi), a washed up journalist, who would rather be in Washington covering a breaking story, to his discontent is assigned to interview Katya (Sienna Miller). Katya is a TV and movie star, who is better known for the people she sleeps with rather than her talent. Sienna Miller in this role embodies those stereotypes that many young female actors are labeled with today such as—being superficial, conceded, shallow and insensitive. The film begins with Katya arriving late for her interview with Pierre at the restaurant. This berates Pierre and the two quarrel as Katya makes her exit.

They are reunited, when Pierre is taken back to Katya’s loft after he is injured from a cab ride right before her eyes. In the small quarters, with the excessive drinking of alcohol they begin to breakdown one another. This is when the magic happens. Most of the film takes place in Katya’s loft, and Sienna has a unique ability of convincing the audience that this is in fact her own place. Sienna and Buscemi shift from intimate moments, where they engage in profound conversations to raging fights and back again. The film is enlightening. It discusses the relationship between actor and journalist, a reflection of our culture today. Pierre and Katya reveal their deepest secrets to one another, or at least that’s what we are led to believe. The film takes an unexpected turn and works against the audience expectations.

As homage to Theo Van Gogh, the film utilizes the same camera work used in his films. The method is using three digital cameras at all takes, with one camera on each actor. The camera works synonymously with the dialogue to escalate the drama in the film. The camera angles add a European feel to the film.

This film creates a platform for issues like, celebrity obsession and manipulation of the media. Of course, it is ironic how Sienna Miller who is so misunderstood by the media would boldly step into a role of this bratty TV movie star.